If you’ve ever dreamed of appearing in a science fiction thriller series, now is your chance.
This fall, several Western North Carolina cities will set the landscape for Amazon Prime Video’s new series, “The Peripheral.”
“The Peripheral” is an adaptation of William Gibson’s bestselling novel of the same name, published in 2015. It is the first of the “Jackpot” series. Gibson, a New York Times bestselling author, also penned “Neuromancer” and “Agency.”
Filming is slated to take place from Sept. 25 to Oct. 22, according to a casting call post on social media.
Yancey County’s Economic Development Commission welcomed Amazon Studios to the area as it begins filming the sci-fi thriller drama series.
“We are pleased at the opportunity to join our neighbors in Marshall, Weaverville, and Asheville in welcoming this major studio production project to our western North Carolina community,” Yancey EDC Executive Director Jamie McMahan stated in a press release.
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“The Peripheral” is a futuristic drama based in a small, rural mountain town where drug business thrives, poverty is evident and technology has subtly altered society. The story jumps through time and into an alternate reality leading the characters to question what’s real and what’s fantasy?
“The Peripheral” novel was adapted to screen by creator/executive producer Scott B. Smith (“A Simple Plan”). The production crew includes executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy—the creators of HBO’s “Westworld”—and their Los Angeles-based production company, Kilter Films.
The cast list leads with Chloë Grace Moretz and Jack Reynor, who portray brother and sisters “Flynne Fisher” and “Burton.” The supporting cast includes Eli Goree, Gary Carr, Charlotte Riley, JJ Feild, Adelind Horan, T’Nia Miller, Alex Hernandez, Louis Herthum, Chris Coy, Melinda Page Hamilton, Katie Leung and Austin Rising, according to Deadline.
The eight-episode first season is scheduled to premiere on Amazon Prime Video in 2022.
The production is expected to make a positive impact on the region’s economy. The cast and crew will spend money on housing and will have a per diem to spend in the area, said location manager Bass Hampton in an interview with Madison County’s News-Record & Sentinel.
McMahan and the Yancey EDC also predict an economic boost from hosting the production team this fall.
“The Yancey County Economic Development Commission is dedicated to promoting economic investment in our community across all sectors,” said McMahan. “This opportunity to join our colleagues in neighboring counties to host a premiere film production project broadens the diversity of our economic development opportunities into new industry sectors, will result in the direct economic impact of dollars spent in our community, and will advance the tourism and visitor economy of Yancey County which has seen explosive year over year growth in recent years. Yancey EDC and our partner local governments look forward to hosting this project and extend a warm welcome to ‘The Peripheral’ and its creative and production team, cast and crew.”
Call for Extras
“The Peripheral” is seeking residents to serve as background actors in the series.
Also, automobile owners are requested to loan their vehicles ranging from the 1970s to modern-day, as well as old trucks.
The casting call for extras was posted on the NC Extras Casting group page on Facebook.
Individuals are needed to portray residents of a small mountain town. The features are described as “classic Americana” and “character faces of the Appalachian area.” Other casting opportunities may be posted soon.
To submit for extra acting roles, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a heading stating one’s age, ethnicity, race, and city/state of residence. Include in the body of the email two current cellphone photos (close-up and full-length), name, phone number, age, city/state residing, height/weight, clothing and shoe sizes, and describe any visible tattoos and piercings. Also, provide the color, make, model, and year of the owned vehicle(s).
The selected extras will be required to take a COVID-19 test pre-filming, provided by the production.